Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson's Disease, Part 2 - OT69

Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson's Disease, Part 2

Is It a Viable Alternative to Drug Therapy?

by Steven S. Bhimji, MD, PhD
(4.5 / 187 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Deep brain stimulation surgery for patients with Parkinson’s disease involves implantation of electrodes into the brain to reduce symptoms of the disease. Long-term data at three years follow-up reveal that 50% to 60% of patients show improvement. The dose of anti-Parkinson medication is reduced soon after surgery, but some patients need frequent medication adjustments with time. The risks and complications of DBS are related to the surgery itself, electrode placement, hardware implanted and stimulation of other nerves, and DBS is not a curative procedure as PD is a progressive disease. 


The goal of this Parkinson’s disease/deep brain stimulation continuing education program is to provide pharmacists, physicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, EMTS and paramedics with knowledge about deep brain stimulation for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and various other neurological disorders. Following the completion of this educational activity, you will be able to:
  • Describe how deep brain stimulation is performed
  • Discuss the medical disorders that have been treated with deep brain stimulation
  • List the benefits and complications of deep brain stimulation 
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Content Focus
Domain of OT: Client Factors

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Course Originally Released on: 6/14/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/29/2012
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/29/2015

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Hannah F - Austin, TX  ·  Aug 11, 2017
It allows me to have a better understanding and when I work with patients who have undergone DBS, as well as providing better education for those considering it.
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Erin I - naperville, IL  ·  Jul 27, 2017
Great course would recommend to co workers/peers
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erika F - florissant, MO  ·  Jun 27, 2017
Useful and I formative
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Judith D - Lexington, NC  ·  May 31, 2017
while the information was fascinating it would be helpful for therapists to know more about the immediate post surgery period.
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Terri H - Plano, TX  ·  May 16, 2017
Good information about Deep Brain Stimulator, complications, indications, programming, etc
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50